Running a software development blog has its pros and its cons. One of the good things about running a software blog, or any blog for that matter, is you get to meet all kinds of interesting people. Since I started writing for this blog, I’ve met people from all around the world, each of which bring some amazing ideas to the software and technology industry. However, more often than not, I also meet some not so pleasant people. Not a day goes by that I don’t receive an email from multiple readers that don’t understand the purpose of this blog. I want to take a few minutes to elaborate on this a little bit so that future readers, and some current readers, will understand the rules of interacting with a blog such as mine.
As I’ve mentioned before, I write this blog because I want to help other programmers who are genuinely interested in software and technology, and not just in it for a quick buck. I’m also not here to do your classwork for you. All too often I receive emails from readers asking me to write entire applications for them because their college semester is drawing near and they need a fully functioning app written almost immediately so that they will get a good grade. If I write the apps for you (or you use the examples on this site as-is and call them your own), you’re not gaining anything by it. I don’t care if you get a good grade using my code, but you’ll never learn anything if you don’t write it yourself.
The whole point of this site is to help developers either get started on new projects or to help you get past specific problems encountered when developing software. If you have specific questions or problems with something you are working on, I am happy to assist you the best I can. If you are looking for someone to do your homework for you, then this site is not for you. If you have an upcoming project either for school or work and need a little guidance, I am here for you. If you have an upcoming project either for school or work and think that you can have me do all the work for you, this site is not for you.
Since I started this site, I have helped hundreds, possibly even thousands, of software developers. All of those that I have helped are people that are sincerely looking for help. For those of you that are only here to have someone else do your work for you (and I know who you are), the only advise I have for you is to move along as I will not do your homework, senior projects, or commercial applications for you.
I also will not write fully functioning commercial applications for you. For example, at least 10 times a week I receive emails from people asking me to give them the code for fully functioning applications such as apps that use computer vision to compare live video feeds against images stored in a database to identify the people in the video. Even though I do provide the source code on this website that does exactly that, I do not and will not provide the source code as a single / complete application. It is up to you to read the different computer vision articles and piece them together to build the application you are looking for. I am using this as an example because at least once a week I get an email from someone saying they are wanting to start selling this kind of application, but do not have the slightest clue about how it works, how to build it, or how to fix it when it breaks.
So, if all you are looking for is a way to make a quick buck or to get an easy A without doing any work, then you need to go somewhere else. Don’t even bother sending me emails like this as I will not help you and more than likely will not even bother replying to your email. For those of you that have specific questions or problems you need help with, feel free to continue sending me your questions and I’ll reply to you as time permits.
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